Potentially a juicy little mystery but sadly it is given away on the third page. With some restructuring this could have drawn the suspense out for longer. But it ends up more of a crime documentary albeit with a strong ending.
Another classic film gets given the 2000AD treatment. But it isn’t a single borrowed joke stretched paper-thin. Even in seven pages we have a sophisticated structure that re-arranges the timeline. Narration is provided in the form of a letter written after the events too so there is there is a great deal for your mind to get its teeth into.
Garry Leach has only ever done one Dredd strip before (Prog 138 – Night of the Bloodbeast) but his art is great with fantastic lines, great characters and a real organic feel to things. The framing and close-up action is fantastic.
At eight pages this is one of the longest single issue stories.
If you are going to borrow, then borrow from the best, and Hitchcock’s Rear Window is just that. The real meat of the story comes as it ends with the narrator telling us about “…the secret army of criminals sanctioned by the Justice Dept to ply their trade.”
This is a sequel to an earlier story Pinboing Wizard from a Judge Dredd Annual. At one issue this revenge story never has time to go anywhere and Max Normal is criminally wasted.
This is a great little story that shows Dredd isn’t just a fascist robot but does look at the bigger picture. There is a great gag about the block names although overly explaining it lessens the value. Some great art by Robinson.
This is a great little murder mystery/ thriller with some complex motivations. It is an unusual setting and introduces a Brit Cit Judge too. The art is also noteworthy because of some thumbnail sized panels.
For a single issue story this causes a lot of fuss. Once again we see the return of Dredd’s racism against those of Far Eastern descent. Obviously you expect Perps to show such behaviour as it is a shortcut to telling you they are the bad guys. A technique slightly better than making them have a black hat or a disability. But Dredd is famously neutral in his treatment of all criminals and citizens. How does calling people Charlie Chan as a denigration reflect this? If it is revealed later that Dredd has some bias about a particular ethnic group this would make an interesting story but I suspect that won’t be the case.